Hamlet This is, in my opinion, the best piece of literature ever written in the English language.Macbeth I never read this play in school, or anything, which is weird because I was an English major in college and took a Shakespeare class I just read it though, in anticipation of seeing the play performed I wanted to understand what I was seeing better There are some really great themes in this play trust, betrayal, the influence a corrupt leader has on his people and there are some great passages Macbeth s ruminations on the brevity and meaninglessness of life is powerful Overall, it didn t wow me, but I think I need to read it a few times so that I can really sink my teeth in it.Othello I love this play because Shakespeare does such a great job of showing how the characters do not do what they say they do Othello says that he trusts his wife, but at the mere mention of her being unfaithful he loses it and ends up killing her Trust means believing someone even when you have reason not to, not just when everything is fine. It s Shakespeare What needs to be said Best Books, The Norton Shakespeare Workshop CD ROM Packaged With The Norton Shakespeare By William Shakespeare This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Norton Shakespeare Workshop CD ROM Packaged With The Norton Shakespeare , Essay By William Shakespeare Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I bought this when I was taking a course with Stephen Greenblatt in college a course in which we were studying four of Shakespeare s plays in depth This thing was, I don t know, 90 or something buying each of the plays individually would have come to about 20 total Greenblatt had just come out with this the previous year and wanted to sell copies we all wound up buying the 90 version and lugging all 20 pounds of it to class each week And he was so charmingly straightforward about the fact that his motivation was entirely monetary that you sort of forgot to be pissed and just grinned back at him He was a cool guy. After research this seemed like the best edition to read, though at first I thought Folger may be easier I got a Folger copy of Richard III and it was almost the exact translation as Norton, and I found the way Norton was put together to be easier to read than Folger, though the opposite was supposed to be true My ultimate take away is that I enjoy Shakespeare s stories, but they take some work to read certainly not easy reading, though not difficult, just slow I enjoyed the stories I read Richard III, A Midsummer Night s Dream, Hamlet, King Lear, and sonnets 3, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 29, 30, 36, 40, 60, 98, 116, 129, 130, 152 Overall 4 stars.Richard III a history Least good of the four I read, though enjoyable enough, if not particularly memorable.A Midsummer Night s Dream a comedy Somewhat humorous, enjoyable read, good story.Hamlet, King Lear tragedy Tied for best of what I read Along with Midsummer Night s Dream, these plays all had endings that left you wanting a conclusive end to events, or perhaps a cheerier end As far as the tragedies, I guess the point is they leave you let down somewhat I can imagine that seeing all of these as plays would be fulfilling than just reading them.Sonnets some were nicely written and noteworthy Apparently some were written for his man lover, which is interesting. I have a very peculiar experience whenever I read Shakespeare after setting him aside for awhile Shakespeare s English becomes hard for me to understand However, if I start reading again and just proceed without apparent comprehension, everything eventually becomes clear I love Hamlet for the philosophical issues raised Seems Nay, it is I know not seems , Henry V for the strength bestowed Proclaim it throughout this host that he that hath not courage to this fight, let him depart His passport will be made ready and crowns for convey put in his purse We would not die with such a man that fears his fellowship to die with usAnd Crispin Crispian shall ne er go by, from this day to the ending of the world, but we in it shall be remembered We few, we happy few, we band of brothers For he that sheds his blood with me, today, shall be my brother Be he ne er so vile, this day will gentle his condition and Twelfth Night for the delicate yet potent language of Viola Halloo your name to the reverberate hills and let the echoing spirit of the air cry out Olivia Oh you should not rest between elements of earth and air but you should pity memy lady, you are the cruellest she alive if you will lead these graces to the grave and leave the world no copy I have always thought Viola as good as Romeo, poetically speaking Ironically, she is probably about as masculine too lol I have a hypothesis about Shakespeare that may be untestable in this life My hypothesis is that, in order to understand Shakespeare, you must enjoy him Backward, huh Yet, it seems that this reality comes out when you speak with people who like to read this stuff In any case, the Norton is a very good resource doorstop to have in your library Although my scholarship is exceeding feeble, I sometimes disagree with the editor s commentary on certain words His definitions just don t seem to fit the context sometimes, yaknow For example, at the opening of Julius Caesar, when the cobbler says to Marullus, Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am but, as you would say, a cobbler Greenblatt says he means, in COMPARISON WITH a fine workman While I think the context renders the meaning, DRESSED AS a workman, I am but Since Marullus has just asked the cobbler about his clothes, this seems a much better interpretation of the phrase, in respect of, to me It is only fair to note that Stephen Greenblatt is a fairly prestigious Shakespeare scholar So take my word games with a grain of salt raised to Caesar, no doubt. Okay I only have to read 7 plays out of this for the course I am in, so here is how I feel about each I have read in order Measure of Measure WHAT WHAT No No thank you Hamlet Yes One of my favorite plays I am kind of ashamed But it s okay I love you, Hamlet A Midsummer Night s Dream Meeehhhhh Twelfth Night AHAHAAHA I love you Viola You are hilarious and strong And you have some great monologues Also, Malvoliolighten up Titus Andronicus Um I didn t know they had Grand Guignol back then Not sure if I am supposed to laugh, and not sure if I care Othello Okay, Othello Do something I understand that this play allows for a lot of space to make varying interpretations about Otherness, but not much happens until act V Not really for me King Lear Argh Lear This whole play just seemed kind ofmeh I mean, really Dividing up your land according to who loves you best Just listen to what Cordelia says and you ll be happy Greenblatt does a freaking amazing job of putting this together The intros provide a fantastic historical perspective going into reading each play, especially for the histories You ll know the families of the play and why they re beefing on each other before you go in You ll know the real conversation Prince Hal and Bolingbroke had that formed the basis of Bolingbroke s death scene in 2 Henry IV You ll know what Queen Elizabeth thought of Richard II I am Richard, know you not that , and you ll read Macbeth anew in the context of the failed Guy Fox terrorist attack As an actor when you deliver the line Two households both alike in dignity, you ll be grounded in real perspective This is the perfect companion for the University student who wants to know his or her Shakespeare better, and for the actor who wants to know what the audience already knew when they first saw these plays performed.In terms of studying the texts, Norton is the way to go Arden is better for performing the text though, because of its concise footnotes, proper ellisions, and adherence to the folios If you re serious about Shakespeare, get both Norton and Arden are the way s to go. This is your one stop shop for everything Shakespeareawesome historical background information to add context to Shakespeare the man, his times, and the plays themselves I had to buy this text to use for a few college Shakespeare classes, and I am now an English teacher myself I break this out monthly and reread plays, read my annotations, and enjoy the myself thoroughly If you suffered through Shakespeare in high school and some years have passed since then, you might want to pick up a play and see if it clicks for you this time through In my opinion, Shakespeare is the best and most influential writer who ever lived.
William Shakespeare baptised 26 April 1564 was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world s pre eminent dramatist He is often called England s national poet and the Bard of Avon or simply The Bard His surviving works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and several other poems His plays have been tr
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